An Israeli citizen was killed by Ukrainian forces on Monday evening, and another has been taken prisoner by the Russian navy, Israel’s Foreign Ministry reported.

Roman Brodsky, 37, was shot and killed while trying to escape the country. He leaves behind his wife and children. Brodsky’s parents are living in Israel.

“I was saddened to receive the bitter news about the death of Roman Brodsky, an Israeli citizen, in Ukraine,” said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I want to send my condolences to his wife, children and family in Israel and in Ukraine.

“We are continuing to do everything to help Israelis return home.”

Israel’s Channel 12 News reported that Brodsky was shot at a Ukrainian checkpoint after security personnel mistook him for a Chechen militant fighting for Russia.

Yuri Shvidky, 51, was detained by the Russian Navy while traveling on a Ukrainian cargo ship on the Black Sea.

In an interview with the Hebrew website Ynet, Shvidky’s brother said that his brother had texted him that he was detained but had made no contact since then.


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